What does the prefix spas mean?

Word Construction Reference: This resource strengthens your understanding of medical terminology. See how common medical terms are created using different prefixes, suffixes, and root words. The German spa culture is a tradition adopted from the Romans. During the time of the Roman Empire, soldiers returning from battle used the bath as a form of hydrotherapy.

The word spa itself is a Latin acronym that means “health by water” or sanus per aquam. Mineral sources were particularly soothing remedies then as now.

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